MANILA – Two people were killed during the barangay elections in Basilan and Leyte on Monday.
In Jaro, Leyte, a husband of an incumbent barangay chairman was killed by unidentified gunmen in Barangay Anibongon at around 7:30 a.m. today.
The victim, identified as Pablo Volcan, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds to his back. His companion, Romeo Anover, is now being treated at a hospital in Tacloban City.
The suspect in Volcan's killing was identified as Claudio Momo, husband of a candidate for chairman in the same barangay.
Police said Volcan and Anover were on their way to Anibongon Elementary School when the shooting occurred.
In Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, a certain Paizal Mohammad, a candidate for councilor in Barangay Bohelebung, was shot by unidentified assailants while he was on board his motorcycle in Sitio Lebbak, also in Bohelebung.
Mohammad died on the spot after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. His assailants fled the scene immediately. - reports from Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga; and Ranulfo Docdocan, ABS-CBN News Tacloban